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031:

Reed L BHMFReed L BHMF disc

This seems to have been the point where the infamous shipping problems started: “150 pressed from the original WRMB plates. Most were lost in shipping. Exm.”

Revisit the complete post for the Sydney recording under this link.

032:

Pink Floyd 032 ptPink Floyd 032Pink Floyd 032 disc

“Roughly Half of the 200 run were lost in shipment.”

Bootleg background can be found here.

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033:

Flamin Groovies RoxyFlamin Groovies Roxy disc

“Although 200 copies were pressed on blue vinyl, this is an extremely rare record as most of the copies were lost in shipment.”

Bootleg background info to be found here.

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034:

Stewart R Net Wht 034Stewart R Net Wht 034 disc

“150 pressed on MCV & 150 pressed on black vinyl.”

Source: Dayto, OH – Hara Arena – 17 July 1971 [the bands 4th American Tour. And right after the release of their Every Picture Tells A Story album]

710717_Dayton

Side 1: Three Button Hand Me Down / Maybe I’m Amazed / Country Comforts / Love In Vain        Side2:  Had Me A Real Good Time-Every Picture Tells A Story / Around The Plynth-An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down-Gasoline Alley-Around The Plynth

Quality:  Decent, “Exm, vocals a bit weak”, according to Hot Wacks. The ROOTIE NEWTON ROLL PRESENTATIONS version is listed as “Exs”, probably incorrect.

This album had previously been released by TMOQ as and Dittolino/ROOTIE NEWTON ROLL PRESENTATIONS  #5407 and I suspect it’s a reissue from the TMOQ plates.

Performance was the last and is the rarest of the four TMOQ Rod Stewart & The Faces titles, It was never assigned a 710XX number and is only known by its matrix # 1867.  The other three are # 71016 Plynth, # 71052 Had Me A Real Good Time and # 1817 Dancing In The Street .

Date of release: 1974 based on the closest previous release, a reissue of Dylan’s Troubled Troubadour with four extra tracks not added to the newly created insert (showing images from his 1974 live dates) and with the matrix # 1865 B / D (see final image in this post).

Stewart R & Faces Performance 1867 bluStewart R & Faces Performance 1867 tan

In discussing the TMOQ catalogue dated July 1st 1973, the initiator of the 2006 thread “Homegenizing TMOQ” on recordcollectorsguild.org wrote: “add to the previous booklet the statement “Be sure it’s a genuine “Trade Mark of Quality disc” (Dub’s?). […] Should this booklet be Dubs, according to the “genuine disc” statement, the common believe[sic] that credits the four-figures matrixes 18XX, 28XX to Ken’s records only should be revised.”

Ken: “Until [Dub] went to printed jackets I had everything he had, plus everything I was making. There were a few where I couldn’t get stampers off his mothers, either because the mother was damaged or he’d skipped that part of the process or he didn’t leave the mother at Lewis. Winter Tour and Stones at the Hollywood Palladium come to mind. But I might be wrong about those. In those few cases, my records would have a different stamper number. But for the most part, Lewis pretty much made me whatever I wanted of his.

Dub and I did not do the Greatful Dead Mammery [sic] record or the Buffalo Springfield or that Double ELP. They were done by my college pal Malcolm.

I don’t ever remember scratching out a stamper number, but I do know that some of my records had numbers changed. I had a series of different partners and pressed records in six different plants and oftentimes the same record would be given a new title and perhaps that’s why some of my stamper numbers got changed.”

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Stewart R Net Wht altStewart R Net Wht alt 1

As can be seen in the detail above, the title “Performance”is quoted here, leading me to believe that the TMOQ version came out first. Also “Love In Vain” is correctly titled here, while it is listed as “It’s All Over Now” on the insert sheets for Performance.

Stewart R Net Wht 034 Ditto

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TMOQ 1865:

Dylan Troubl Trouba 1865

Some Death/Wizardo releases containing more recent recordings getting reissued. Based on # 23, the date was 1978 or 79 for this batch of K&S titles.

021:

Supertramp Live K&S 2Supertramp Live K&S

150 pressed on blue PVC.

Topic of an earlier post found under this link

 

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022:

Tangerine Dream Fo sleTangerine Dream K&S LP

Only 100 pressed on mcv.

As reviewed here

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023:

Sex Pistols Rot n Roll cvSex Pistols Rot n Roll insert

150 pressed? Hot Wacks does not say.

More information to be found in this post.

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024:  PETER FRAMPTON IN LONDON

 

Peter Frampton In London

And then we come to this LP, only mentioned in the HW appendix. Was there an original release on death records that was missed in HW? Or was this just handed over to K&S as a planned but never finished death records release? # 521 was still available and I have added it to my original death records listing found here.

I am not sure what is actually on this album as there only seems to be one broadcast performance, “Show Me The Way”, live from the Pavilion in Hemel Hempstead, 26 October 1976 (see the link). In addition, there was a BBC recording from 1975, which had been previously booted on TKRWM 1810 gemini

If anyone knows more, please leave a comment.

http://www.eyeneer.com/video/rock/peter-frampton/show-me-the-way

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025:

Lofgren N In London 2Lofgren N In London 1

Side 1:  Cry Tough / Keith Don’t You Go / It’s Not A Crime                                                                        Side 2:  Why Don’t You Share A Little /  Won’t You Listen To My Heart / Back It Up                           

HW quality rating: Exm

Live on Old Grey Whistle Test BBC TV – May 25, 1976

100 copies on orange vinyl

 

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026:

I am not 100% sure – again another “HW appendix only” title but based on the cover design, it might be this one:

Who Collector's Item v. 3

The Dayton, Ohio ’71 Who bootlegs post can be found here.

 

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027:

Rolling Stones StoneagedRolling Stones Stoneaged detailRolling Stones Stoneaged disc 1Rolling Stones Stoneaged disc 2

150 copies from TMOQ plates for # 71078:

Rolling Stones Stoneaged red

 

More about this 1969 recording found here

 

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028:

Santana Hot & AliveSantana Hot & Alive 2

Limited to 100 copies, reissue of TMOQ # 71073

<Needless to say, the owner of this blog does not agree with the inappropriateness of the cover image. The whole blog is for documentary purposes anyway.>

 

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029: BONZO’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Copy shown here sold for $543 in November of 2013.

Led Zep BBParty 029

Hot Wacks states: “200 on blue & black and orange & black discs”.

Copying the cover off of TAKRL 2960 THE 1975 WORLD TOUR , reissue of TMOQ 72007:

Led Zep BBParty gree

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030:  BOULDER, COLORADO

Young N 030

This time the cover was nicked from this Phonygraf/Wizardo release:

Young Neil wCH 2

A reissue of TMOQ 71063:

Young N Boulder Co 3

The same material as on this Contraband release (click link)

011:

Hendrix GHhendrix_guitar_hero_cover_backHendrix Guitar Hero lbl

Not on colored wax and not limited.  Reviewed in depth under this link.

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012:

Towshend TGoPT 012

Towshend TGoPT disc 1Towshend TGoPT disc 2

100 pressed from the TMoQ 71056 plates.

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013:

JIMI HENDRIX LIVE AT THE L.A. FORUM – 150 pressed on mcv from the TMoQ 72003 plates of their ALIVE title. Does not seem to turn up often.

Hendrix LA Forum 013Hendrix Alive red + blu

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014:

THE WHO FILLMORE EAST

150 pressed from TMoQ 71071 plates.

The Who Filmore East mcvThe Who Fillmore East discThe Who Filmore East mcv detail

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015:

YARDBIRDS GOLDEN EGGS

Only listed in the Hot Wacks appendix. Reissue of TMoQ pressing plate 61003; 150 copies as well? Matrix: YB-555-A/B

Yardbirds G E 015

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016:

Another release of the ‘not limited – not on colored wax variety’

The Who live At Swansea

Previously included in context in this post

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017:

CLOSER TO QUEEN MARY – 150 copies pressed on blue PVC from TMoQ 71039 plates

Who Closer To QM

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018:

100 copies on green PVC for this reissue of TMoQ 71068 that presents a partial Let It Be movie soundtrack as an audience recording from a movie theater.

Beatles V+3 GBS 2Beatles V+3 GBS 2 gree

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019:

100 yellow discs made from the TMoQ 61002 plates

Dylan Melbourne A

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020:

150 green and orange copies for this 2 for1 budget reissue formerly known as TMoQ 7506 and before that individually as 71059 (HOT RATS AT THE OLYMPIC) and 71010 (200 MOTELS).

Zappa at Olympic bi

Zappa at Olympic

This title can still achieve significant auction results: $400+ for K&S, up to $400 for TMOQ colored or sealed and $1000+ for the clear splatter version shown here.

Zappa 200 Motels HRatO

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“Inevitably. Hot Wacks was not the product of some dispassionate observer but someone who had been getting his own hands dirty. Kurt Glemser was already dipping into the mire at the time of Hot Wacks IV. K (as in Kurt) & S Records’ first release, a collection of live Led Zeppelin recordings, had appeared at the beginning of 1976. In the grand tradition of copycat bootleggers, Sin City Social was a shoddy mix’n’match drawn exclusively from TMQs Bonzo’s Birthday Party, Three Days After and Blueberry Hill.” [Heylin, Bootleg, p. 131]

 

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001:

Led Zep Sin City Social

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002:

Discussed in depth here

Dylan TFSA alt insertDylan TfSAtticDylan NiR 1109

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003:

Rolling Stones Bring It Back Alive 4Rolling Stones Bring It Back Alive 2

Previously discussed here.

 

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004:

Who Raw insertWho Raw disc

And in blue:

 

Who Raw Blu

The ‘insider joke’ – and it took me a while to get this as well – is that the title is an alternative spelling for “Hurrah!)”.

A K&S original release, the Who recorded at Maple Leaf Gardens on 11 December 1975. Unfortunately, not a great sounding source tape to start with and since then surpassed by the CD releases presenting the complete show. One thing’s for sure, The Who tended to always put on a good show in Toronto.

Side 1: I Can’t Explain / Substitute / My Wife / Baba O’Riley / Squeeze Box / Behind Blue Eyes
Side 2: Dreaming From The Waist / Boris The Spider / Magic Bus

 

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005:

Beck 005 bBeck 005

As hinted at by the label shown, above, this title was also issued by TMoQ as part of their deluxe 820x series – and this time with a famous William Stout cover design:

Beck-fast

BECK-FAST already has its own post on another blog: http://rockonvinyl.blogspot.de/2011/01/jeff-beck-beckfast-1976-ex-bootleg.html

Another review: http://www.collectorsmusicreviews.com/jeff-beck/jeff-beck-okeefe-master-wardour-045/

Link to concert review: http://www.dustyhat.com/images/Concert_Tix/Reviews/JeffBeck75.pdf

 

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006: DAVID BOWIE ‘IN AMERICA’ – 100 copies on red PVC pressed from original TMoQ plates; does anyone else find it strange that “IN PERSON” was not ordered as well?

Bowie In America 006

Bowie In America 006 disc

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Year: ?

007:

Kinks Long Tall Sally

100 copies on red wax from original TMoQ plates.

And then there was yet another re-issue on mult-color wax, reminiscent of the Mushroom series:

Kinks LTS 2

Kinks Long Tall Sally b

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008: ROLLING STONES ‘BURNING AT THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM’ – 100 copies only.

“Q: Was it just Dub & Ken that you knew from that world or did you also get to meet Kurt Glemser (your drawing of Mick Jagger was used on the K&S version of ‘Burning At The Hollywood Paladium’), John Wizardo, Andrea Waters, the Rubber Dubber guy or any of the other bootleg producers from that era?

W. Stout: I met a few of the other bootleggers, usually at the Hollywood Record Swap Meet in the Capitol Records parking lot. For the most part they were pretty sleazy and seemed untrustworthy. This intuitive feeling was borne out when the other bootleggers started stealing TMOQ’s recordings and putting them out on their own labels. Meeting them made me glad I was working with “Ken” and Dub. I don’t think I ever met the Rubber Dubber — but I bought his records. I don’t think I ever heard of Kurt.

Q: Did anyone else approach you to do work for them?

W. StoutI think the other bootleggers were too intimidated by “Ken” and Dub to ask me to do covers for them. It was probably perceived of as a “turf” thing.

The copy shown below reached GBP 1220 at auction in March of 2011.

Rolling Stones Burning atHP 2Rolling Stones Burning atHP LP

 

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009: LED ZEPPELIN ‘BLUEBERRY HILL’ – 150 pressed from the EV666-664 plates and either because they felt it looked better with labels or these just happened to be available: With TAKRL and 1970’s GLC labels. The copy shown here sold for $1,325.00 in January of 2014. K&S may have done mostly copy jobs but they certainly increased nicely in value in many cases.

Led Zep BH insertLed Zep BH 2Led Zep BH disc 1

K&S cover rip off LZ

The cover “inspiration” – Humble Pie’s 1970 album.

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010:

150 copies made as well but this classic Who release can be had for much less (under $300) compared to the two preceding titles.

 

WHO TftW 5

 

Pink Floyd Eclipsed XLPink Floyd Eclipsed 2Pink Floyd Eclipsed disc 2Pink Floyd Eclipsed disc 1

Matrix: 404 A – D

My friend and main go-to person for bootleg research pointed out that this number looked like the 4xx series the 70s GLC label was using (GLC 411: Rolling Stones – All Meat Music ?; GLC 412: Neil Young – Young & Old; GLC 413: Elton John – B-B-B-Benny – Live in London; GLC 415: Crosby Stills Nash and Young “we waited 3 years for this”).

Sides A+B live at the London Rainbow on 20 February 1972 and sides C+D BBC Paris Theater 30 September 1971

floydboots.com states that the above was the first issue of this double LP with just 200 copies made on orange and light blue PVC, however not everyone agrees, see the list below.

A Vicki Vinyl/Ken co-production? The sub title hints that this might be a new pressing of TAKRL’s 1903 IN CELEBRATION OF THE COMET master, which was a copy of the German bootleg Best Of Tour 72

Pink Floyd best of Tour 72 combi

It should be noted that reissues of the TAKRL release and ECLIPSED both exist with Dessie Records and Verzyl paper labels. Two of the three tracks on the second disc had previously been available on yet another early TAKRL release: # 1913: NOCTURNAL SUBMISSION : ROBOT LOVE but Hot Wacks claims this was a copy of Contraband’s Floyds Of London

Pink Floyd Floyds of London v1 3

floydboots states that this does exist with a deluxe cover in a rare variation. If anyone has a good image of this, do leave a comment. The matrix number changed later to ECL 1-4:

Pink Floyd Eclipsed gre blu

I found the following list during my research but it clearly has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Unless you were there or one of the associates kept notes and they are available, it is very hard to say. which insert color was the genuine first issue.

1) 404 A-D. First pressing, big yellow insert cover, original yellow/white “Ruthless Rhymes” labels.

2) 404 A-D. First pressing, green (record 1) & blue (record 2) vinyl, 100 made, big red insert cover with stamp imprint, original yellow/white “Ruthless Rhymes” labels.

3) 404 A-D. First pressing, blue (record 1) and orange (record 2) vinyl, 200 made, big red insert cover with stamp imprint, original yellow/white “Ruthless Rhymes” labels.

4) 404 A-D. First pressing, big white/brown insert cover, record 1 with white label, record 2 with green label.

Pink Floyd Eclipsed whi

5) ECL 1-4. Second pressing, little yellow insert cover, white label.

6) ECL 1-4. Multicoloured vinyl, 50 made, little yellow insert cover with sticker, black/white cartoon labels. This also exists on black PVC.

Pink Floyd EclipsedPink Floyd Eclipsed blPink Floyd Eclipsed dark

7) RUTHLESS RHYMES GLC 404 A-D. Third pressing, green/blue vinyl, 100 numbered edition, big brown insert cover, silver/red “GLC” labels.

8) RUTHLESS RHYMES GLC 404 A-D. “Raring Record” labels.

9) LXXXIV Series #54, reissue of the “Ruthless Rhymes” edition, green/blue vinyl, 100 numbered edition copies.

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Missing from the above list are pressings made with Slipped Disc, yellow RECORD 1/2 and Dessie Records labels – “RE-ISSUED AGAIN ON THE ‘DESSIE RECORDS’ LABEL USING NEW PLATES (MATRIX NUMBER – DESSIE A/D GR L-29708).”:

Pink Floyd Eclipsed SD

Pink Floyd Eclipsed yel lblPink Floyd Eclipsed Dessie

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Auction results for this title vary quite a bit, with the colored Ruthless Rhymes and LXXXIV versions selling for as much as $500 and the MCV/Verzyl versions even close to $1200 but all other versions hovering around the $50+ mark.

This release has been copied in Europe several times with deluxe covers (copying the tree lady art work on the back) and box sets referred to by a color.

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Jimi Hendrix ‘BROADCASTS – Maui

Hendrix Broadcasts Maui red blu

Reissue of this classic TMoQ combo 7502 and about the third incarnation and also the third on colored wax. Also exists in red & green and with blank labels.

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ditto ‘LIVE AT THE L.A. FORUM 4-26-70‘ “SCUSE ME…” version

Hendrix Live LA Forum blu gree

Back in the day, many bootleggers issued this title, Rubber Dubber, Munia, TMoQ, … it was even available as a series of four 7″ records. The insert originally showed an image of Jimi’s head but a dark spot appeared on the Hen and TMOQ versions and more rounds of copying the copy transformed it into something looking like an expressionist art piece.

 

Hendrix Live LA Forum clear insertHendrix Live LA Forum mcvThe splatter/mcv discs are usually found with Mushroom label designated packages but not in this case.

Hendrix LatLAFo mcv 2

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Jethro Tull ‘MESS

Jethro Tull Flute Cake mcvJethro Tull MessTwo different reissues of this early TMoQ title recorded by Dub Taylor shortly after Led Zeppelin’s Blueberry Hill performance.

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ROLLING STONES ‘(in exotic) “HONOLULU“‘

Rolling Stones Honolulu RR lblRolling Stones Honolulu cvRolling Stones Honolulu cv 2

A reissue of Pig’s Eye # 09

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ditto ‘SUMMER RERUNS’

Rolling Stones Summer Reruns red blu RRRolling Stones Summer Reruns red blu RR 1Rolling Stones Summer Reruns red blu RR 2

Rolling Stones Summer Reruns red blu RR CECV

Originally out as TMoQ 72011

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Frank Zappa ‘METAL MAN HAS HORNETS WINGS’

Originally on Wizardo Records – WRMB 365

Zappa MMHHW yellowZappa MMHHW yellow 2

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And two example of stamps with different fonts (the second example may not even be a stamp and may have been produced significantly later):

Dylan LMDIMFS

Zappa 200 Motels stamp

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I’m probably missing a few. If you know of any others, do leave a comment.

Genesis LftMotMonsterGenesis LftMotM bAlso exists with blank and red labels or with a blue tinted cover and the “Atlantis Records” labels (made up to go with the back cover logo) seen here:

Genesis LftMotM blu

And as part of the ‘MULTI COLOURED VINYL’ sticker series:

Genesis LftMotMonster

Genesis LftMotMonster disc 1Genesis LftMotMonster disc 2

When Genesis revisited Chicago on their extended “…And Then There Were Three” Tour, it was decided to play at a smaller venue with better acoustics and the Uptown Theatre was chosen. Local radio station WXRT received permission to record the show for broadcast, one of only three radio recordings made during this tour.

Complete set list:

01 Crowd Noise
00:49
02 Eleventh Earl Of Mar
09:07
03 In The Cage
08:15
04 Burning Rope
08:20
05 Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
05:06
06 The Musical Box (Closing Section)
03:52
07 Ripples
10:23
08 Deep In The Motherlode
07:26
09 One For The Vine
10:52
10 Squonk
06:44
11 Say It’s Alright Joe
10:02
12 The Lady Lies
07:16
13 Romeo & Juliet Story
04:01
14 The Cinema Show / … In That Quiet Earth
11:26
15 Afterglow
04:56
16 Follow You, Follow Me
04:32
17 Dance On A Volcano
04:15
18 Drum Duet
01:30
19 Los Endos
06:35
20 I Know What I Like
09:12
21 After Show Interview With Phil
07:36

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“The Uptown had been showing second-run movies when Jam began booking rock shows there. The list of performers is impressive: The Grateful Dead for six three-night stands between 1978 and 1981; Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for three shows in 1978 and 1980; Bob Marley and the Wailers for dates in […] 1978 and 1979; Frank Zappa for four visits (and five shows) between 1977 and 1981; Cheap Trick opening for the Kinks in 1977; Genesis and Peter Gabriel playing six days apart in October 1978; and Prince opening for Rick James in early 1980 and headlining later that year.

Even now, one of the well-worn seat backs in the dusty auditorium boasts a Grateful Dead bumper sticker that reads, “Warning, I Brake for Hallucinations.” In the oval ladies lounge, these words remain scrawled: “Springsteen is God.”

Uptown_seat_backs

But the rock bookings and movie screenings couldn’t keep the theater — owned by the Plitt movie theater chain and, for much of Jam’s time there, a local theater operator named Rene Rabiela — from falling into disrepair and eventual insolvency. The heat was shut off, and in winter 1982 the pipes burst, flooding the basement and causing extensive damage to ceilings, walls and staircases that has yet to be repaired.” [Chicago Tribune, October 11, 2011]

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This Slipped Disc bootleg seems to be the only vinyl bootleg pressed from an Uptown Theater performance but it certainly helped establish a place in bootleg history for this grand old theater.

Other recordings made at the Uptown:

– HAWKWIND – Uptown Theater,Chicago,Il. November 26,1973 incomplete aud. recording Vg+

– MARSHALL TUCKER BAND – May 5 1977 Uptown Theater Chicago (FM)

Uptown MTB

– GRATEFUL DEAD – Feb 1, 1978 ***SOUNDBOARD***

– GRATEFUL DEAD – 1978-05-16&17

– BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN –  September 6, 1978

– FRANK ZAPPA—– SEPTEMBER 29th 1978

– GRATEFUL DEAD – November 18, 1978   * SBD *

– BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – 1979-11-13  VIDEO

– GRATEFUL DEAD 1979-12-03/04/05  [SBD]

– BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1980-10-11

– KANSAS – 1980-10-28 *FM* [1 song has now seen an official release]

– FRANK ZAPPA—– NOVEMBER 28 + 29TH 1980

– GRATEFUL DEAD –  2-26/27/28-81

– JERRY GARCIA BAND 1981-11-17  Early and Late Show

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Concerts at the Uptown:

Hawkwind – 26 November1973

The Tubes – 31 October 1975

Bay City Rollers – 27 August 1976                               Concert announcement in the Daily Herald from that day:

BCR UptownImages here: http://uptownhistory.compassrose.org/2011/05/1976-bay-city-rollers-concert-uptown.html

BCR Uptown

Bay City Rollers at the Uptown Theathre August 27, 1976.

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Boston w. Jim Peterik – 3 October 1976

The Kinks w. Cheap Trick – 12 February 1977
Kinks Uptown
ELO w. Steve Hillage – 26, 27, 28 February 1977

ELO Uptown

Peter Gabriel – 11 March 1977

Utopia – 18 March 1977

Procol Harum – 1 May 1977

Marshall Tucker Band – 5 May 1977

Foreigner – 14 May 1977

Foreigner – 30 September 1977

Thin Lizzy – 5 November 1977   http://www.thinlizzyguide.com/tours/dates/1977/771105.htm

Gentle Giant – 20 November 1977

The Ramones – 20 January 1978

Grateful Dead – 30, 31 January + 1 February 1978

Grateful Dead – 17 May 1978

Bob Marley & The Wailers – 27 May 1978

Marley B Uptown T 78

Photo taken by Paul Natkin for the Chicago Tribune

Bruce Springsteen – 6 September 1978

Frank Zappa – 29 September 1978

Zappa Uptown

Genesis – 13, 14 October 1978

Genesis Chicago 13.10.78

Peter Gabriel – 19 October 1978 [the 14 December ’78 edition of Rolling Stone ran a concert review of the Genesis & Peter Gabriel shows at the Uptown]

RS-review-Dec-78

Grateful Dead – 16-18 November 1978
GDead Uptown 78 stub

Utopia – 5 January 1979

Roxy Music – 6 April 1979

The Allman Brothers Band – 23, 24 May 1979

Bob Marley & The Wailers – 13 November 1979

Grateful Dead – 3-5 December 1979

Rick James w. Prince – 28, 29 February 1980

Peter Gabriel – 26 June 1980

“I was a high school senior in June of 1980. Tom, Dave, and I had scored tickets to see Peter Gabriel at the Uptown Theater. This was the “Melt” tour; the show  would feature the recently released third solo album.

We arrived at the Uptown Theater and climbed a wide, carpeted staircase to reach our first row, first balcony seats. At the far end of the first balcony lobby was a small bar tended by a waiter with a vest and bow tie. Deciding to take the risk, I approached and ordered three beers. The beers were poured. I paid. I brought them to our seats. I repeated this process several times. We were ecstatic: Uptown Theater, first row, first balcony, bouncing beers and waiting to see Peter Gabriel.

So I’m in the aisle seat. The house lights go off and there’s that magical anticipation: nothing but the red lights on the amps shining into the darkness.

At this point, a strange character walks down the balcony stairs and stands right next to me. His head is shaved, completely bald. He’s wearing a dark blue sweatsuit with white stripes down each sleeve. I remember thinking, Peter Gabriel can bring out some weird dudes. Then out of nowhere comes an incredibly bright blast of light. I look to my left, and this bald guy is waving a massive hand-held spotlight. He’s spraying the theater with this light. Almost immediately, I noticed other people throughout the theater dressed in the same sweatsuits doing the same with their spotlights.

I turn back to my left to take a closer look at this bald guy. He looks directly at me. He points the beam upward to illuminate his face.

It’s Peter Gabriel.

I leap out of my seat. “It’s Peter Gabriel! You’re Peter Gabriel!” I’m grabbing for Dave and Tom jumping up and down and then I put each one of my hands on each one of Peter Gabriel’s shoulders. The only thing I can say is, “You’re Peter Gabriel! You’re Peter Gabriel!” over and over. He stares at me, expressionless, then slowly, deliberately, starts walking backward out of my reach and back up the balcony stairs.

Meanwhile, all the other beams are making their way to the stage. It’s the band; each member has been positioned around the theater.

The show was fantastic. This was the first tour that included “Biko,” the entire theater was bellowing out the chorus to the song. I remember reading a later quote from Peter Gabriel saying that the Uptown Theater reaction to Biko had brought tears to his eyes.” [by Mike Landreth]

Grateful Dead – 19-21 August 1980

The Kinks w. Angel City – 17 September 1980

Bruce Springsteen – 10, 11 October 1980

Kansas – 28, 29 October 1980

Frank Zappa – 28, 29 November 1980

Prince – 26 December 1980

1980-12-19 Prince

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – 17 January 1981

Grateful Dead – 26-28 February 1981

Alice Cooper – 5 August 1981

Jerry Garcia Band – 17 November 1981

Frank Zappa – 27 November 1981

1981-11-27 Frank Zappa Chicago

J. Geils Band w. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – 19 December 1981

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